Car­di­nals edge Giants to re-es­tab­lish big di­vi­sion lead

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St. Louis rookie Stephen Pis­cotty hit a triple and scored the go-ahead run to give the Car­di­nals a 2-1 win against San Fran­cisco on Mon­day, re-es­tab­lish­ing a sixgame lead in the Na­tional League Cen­tral Di­vi­sion.

The Car­di­nals lead was boosted both by their win and a de­feat for near­est ri­val Pittsburgh, which lost at home against Ari­zona.

The key re­sult in the Amer­i­can League was an ex­tra-in­ning vic­tory for the New York Yan­kees against Min­nesota, while Tampa Bay cruised to a win at Hous­ton.

St. Louis went ahead when Pis­cotty score on Mark Reynolds’ ground­out in the eighth in­ning.

The run came a lit­tle too late for Car­di­nals starter Michael Wacha, who al­lowed one run in seven in­nings with six strike­outs but had de­parted by the time the run was scored, mean­ing he did not be­come the ma­jors’ first 15-game win­ner.

The Giants had won their pre­vi­ous four but missed a chance to make up ground on idle NL West leader Los An­ge­les.

Ari­zona’s Jeremy Hel­lick­son won on the road for the first time in 2-1/2 months, lead­ing the Di­a­mond­backs to a 4-1 win at the Pi­rates.

Hel­lick­son (9-8) al­lowed one run in 5 1-3 in­nings. He had gone 0-4 with an 8.67 ERA in his pre­vi­ous six road starts.

Jake Lamb hit a solo homer in the fourth in­ning that put the Di­a­mond­backs ahead 4-0 and helped snapped the Pi­rates’ four-game win­ning streak.

New York’s Chase Headley hit a bases-loaded grounder in the 10th in­ning that Min­nesota’s five-man in­field bob­bled and the Yan­kees beat the Twins 8-7.

Brian McCann home­red, drove in five runs and sliced a dou­ble off an in­fielder’s glove in the 10th that set up the win­ning mis­play. The catcher also threw out three run­ners try­ing to steal.

New York won af­ter los­ing start­ing pitcher Bryan Mitchell to a line drive to the face.

Tampa Bay’s Tim Beck­ham hit a three-run homer in the first in- ning to set up the Rays for a 9-2 win at Hous­ton.

The Rays were up 1-0 when Beck­ham con­nected on his first home run in three months to make it 4-0.

As­drubal Cabr­era added three RBIs for the Rays, who got back on track af­ter be­ing swept by Texas in a three-game week­end se­ries.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1, with C.J. Cron hit­ting a tiebreak­ing home run in the sev­enth in­ning.

Al­bert Pu­jols also home­red for the An­gels, who re­turned home from a loss at Kansas City out of a play­off spot for the first time since July 2. They moved within 2 1-2 games in the di­vi­sion race.

Seat­tle’s Fer­nando Rod­ney walked Adrian Bel­tre with one out in the ninth in­ning to force in win­ning run and give Texas a 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Bal­ti­more’s Steve Cle­venger hit a three-run homer to power the Ori­oles to a 4-2 win against Oak­land, com­plet­ing a four-game sweep.

San Diego rookie Colin Rea won his sec­ond straight start to steer the Padres past At­lanta 5-3.

Cleve­land’s Danny Salazar pitched seven strong in­nings to cool off Bos­ton’s hot bats, and lead the In­di­ans to an 8-2 win.

Mi­ami’s rookie Justin Ni­col­ino pitched 6 2-3 solid in­nings as the Mar­lins de­feated Mil­wau­kee 6-2.

AP

(Above) Mi­ami Mar­lins’ Dee Gor­don slides safely past Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers catcher Jonathan Lu­croy dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game in Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin, Mon­day, Aug. 17. (Right) At­lanta Braves short­stop An­drel­ton Sim­mons hur­dles San Diego Padres’ Justin Up­ton while re­lay­ing to first to com­plete a dou­ble play in the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, Mon­day.

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